Two Cranfield students receive their awards at BRDC luncheon

As part of the BRDC Awards' Luncheon, Friday 10 January 2003, organised in conjunction with the Autosport International Show, NEC, England, former students from the Cranfield MSc Motorsport Engineering and Management will receive their awards for outstanding achievement on their postgraduate motorsport programme.

The MSc Motorsport Engineering and Management has been developed in partnership with the motorsport sector to provide its future race engineers, designers and technical managers. The awards reflect the close relationship between Cranfield and motorsport. Moreover, the trophies and prizes recognise the students' determination to succeed in developing their future careers in motorsport.

The trophies and prizes are awarded by key figures and organisations associated with the Cranfield MSc programme. These include awards from the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC), Sir Jackie Stewart, Cranfield's visiting professor Adrian Reynard and leading motorsport company Prodrive.

The awards are as follows:

The BRDC Trophy and Prize for the leading British student for their performance in relation to the three elements of the course (taught modules, thesis project, and design project) and their interaction with the motorsport sector. The BRDC trophy is a fantastic replica of the famous 6 wheel P34 Tyrrell. The perpetual trophy will be on show at the BRDC Clubhouse at the Silverstone circuit. The winner gets to keep a miniature of the P34 Tyrell and also receives a cheque from the BRDC.

The winner is Johann Gibson (Cranfield MSc 2001-2) for her outstanding contribution.

The Sir Jackie Stewart OBE Trophy and Prize for the student who puts in the best overall performance on the taught element of the course, the group design project and the individual thesis project. Sir Jackie Stewart has initiated a silver quaich as a perpetual trophy. The winner gets to keep a miniature quaich and receives a cheque on behalf of Sir Jackie Stewart.

The winner is Nicholas Dalton Cranfield (MSc 2001-2) for his excellent year's work .

The Professor Adrian Reynard Prize for the student who offers the best thesis project. The winner receives a certificate and cheque from Jane Gilham (Xtrac) on behalf of Adrian Reynard.

The winner is Mark McKenzie (Cranfield MSc 2001-2) whose project work was highly commended.

The Prodrive Trophy and Prize for the winning group design project team.

The winning team members (MSc 2001-2) for their design, prototype jacking system and presentation are:

Anthony Brinkman
Samuel Burnon
Richard Cree
Nicholas Dalton
Michel Oskam-Roux

Prodrive's commitment to the Cranfield design projects will have the current students working in teams to design and manufacture chassis alignment systems for their Subaru WRC cars. Their presentations will be held at Cranfield on 23 April 2003.

Masterminding the awards ceremony on behalf of Cranfield, BRDC's Secretary, Roger Lane-Nott states,

"The Cranfield MSc course is instrumental in developing the next generation of engineers, designers and managers to keep the UK's leading position in world motorsport. These young engineers represent the future. Although the drivers often grab the headlines they invariably recognise that it is the team of technical staff supporting them that put them there. That's why we the BRDC, Sir Jackie Stewart, Adrian Reynard and Prodrive are making these awards."

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